Golden Pheasant
Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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Bohemian Pilsener
Ranked #426
Ranked #47,066
3.38 | pDev: 15.98%
Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
Slovak Republic
Golden PheasantGolden Pheasant
Notes: A golden pheasant in a field of ripened barley has always been a sign of a rich and bountiful harvest.
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Photo of jonmikel
2.89/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bought at the Supermarket in Czech Republic. 0,5 l bottle poured into a Pilsener Glass.

-Very clear golder colour. Transparent beet. 2 mm foam head. Foam fades away after a while.
-Smell is not very big, less than other Pilseners. It is the same as other pilseners but less potent.
-Taste is fresh but very watery for my taste. Nothing to remark.
-Carbonation can be felt but not to a huge stent.

A less than average beer for the Czech scene. It is not terrible but just okay...

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Photo of FBarber
3.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark gold color. Completely clear. Huge frothy white head slowly collapses leaving a thin layer of foam on top of the beer.

Aroma is nauseatingly skunky. The green bottle strikes again. I've had this beer several times and have never had a non-skunked bottle. Some light cracker malts and a touch of spicy grassy hops comes through under the skunk.

Taste has notes of spicy hops, light sweet grainy notes. Grassy hops come through on the end. On the sweeter side, albeit somewhat balanced out by the spiciness of the hops.

Feel is light to medium bodied. Not super crisp. Moderate carbonation.

Overall its a solid Bohemian pilsner ... I just wish I could find it non-skunked. Unless I find it on draft, I'm done picking this one up.

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Photo of badgerbeer1
3.49/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Decent beer. Has they typical eastern european aftertaste and skukiness but more mellow than a pilsner urquell. I liked it and it went great with goulash!

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Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500ml bottle into Stella glass. A thick white head drops slowly with abundant lacing. Color is hazy gold with moderate streaming bubbles. Aroma of pungent wet grains, biscuit and grassy hops. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a strange tingly sensation in the mouth and tongue. Flavors of barley, biscuit, with a strong lingering floral and grassy hop presence. Overall: very good, not quite like any other lager I have tried.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 16.9 oz (500 ml) green bottle into a custom taster pint; production code L8192703A.
A: Pours an ever so slightly hazy, dark golden color with ochre highlights, a one to two finger, foamy white head, retention largely to a rim, and modest lacing.
S: Was pleased that it wasn't skunked, but light, fairly basic, mostly pepper or more cumin, grainy, and grassy aromas.
T: Semidry. Malty with a little apple, cocoa powder, and a slightly corniness. Solid bitterness which starts early and lingers after swallowing. Nicely balanced, flavorful Bohemian Pilsener.
M: Light bodied with very persistent carbonation. Smooth and creamy.
O: This is a solidly constructed Pilsener. Actually, very reminiscent of an American Cream Ale. Cannot imagine how great this would be on tap in the Slovak Republic.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with fine, two finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Looks nice, but even from a distance, I can smell skunking. Aroma of grainy biscuit malt, wheat, grassy hops and moderate skunk. Flavor is grainy biscuit malt, whole wheat bread crust, grassy hops and a little skunkiness, probably from the aroma. Medium bodied with light creaminess and good carbonation. This is a very nice Czech style pilsner that is marred by the green bottle skunk. There is a surprisingly full bodied whole grain bread flavor to the malt that is very appealing. Nice continental hops appropriate for the style. I would very much like to try this fresh, I think I would score it very highly. Looks great too. This brings back fond memories of my first imported pilsner, about 40 years ago, an Aass I believe, that was skunked through the roof. I had no clue and thought for years that this was the intended smell. I sadly figured domestic pilsners were just made better. Green bottles set back my appreciation for this style for decades. This one is flawed, but there is a very nice pilsner here.

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Photo of superspak
3.91/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into lager glass, bottled on 11/16/2017. Pours crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Touch of fruity/skunky aromas, but not overwhelming. Nice aromas with good balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Very clean on lager flavors, with minimal fruity/yeasty notes present. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a delicious Czech Pilsner. All around nice robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Clean pils malts and balancing Saaz hops. Not overly bitter/drying. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. Very well made.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Pretty Pils. Smells less distinctive, actually average. However, Tastes are well-balanced; mostly grassy from grain and hops. Mouth is not too full, but not bitter in the finish; making it above average for the style. Had with a BBQ sandwich and Golden Pheasant's balance made it a good enough accompaniment... but this pils will not make average food better like a good ale will.

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Photo of Ant777uk
2.94/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.5

Never had a Slovak pilsner before...hopefully it's more Czech than Polish, let's find out.

Using a Budvar glass, quite a lot of head...looks ok.

Very faint aroma, almost nothing.

This is seriously easy drinking, but actually with a pretty cool taste. Kind of czech with more bitterness, yet more crisp and not as strong...if that makes sense

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Photo of Brolo75
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a clear pale straw, copper color with a bright white head, slight lacing and retention. Aromas of biscuits, bread, lots of grain, light spice and hay. Tastes follows the nose with biscuit, grains, hay, wheat, touch of spice, and finish is slightly dry with lingering notes of grain, hay, and spice. Mild spice like bitterness, very easy to drink. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation, and a dry clean crisp finish.

An easy drinking summer beer, decent amount of flavor, light on the palate, and low ABV is something I like to reach for during hot southern CA days.

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Photo of MKV
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: A nice gold, with moderate head
Smell: nothing too particular, but pleasant enough grain
Taste: standard grain flavor, not too overdone. Not too bitter or too sweet. Well balanced.
Feel: comfortable enough mouthfeel. No bad aftertaste.

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Photo of Guessed
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice foamy head without getting soapy or coarse. Has a pleasant medium earthy, organic, musky, yeasty quality after a nice clear swallow. Very old world European tending towards Mediterranean. It's the kind of beer that makes drinking regular Canadian and American beer difficult afterwards (microbreweries excepted, of course - they ROCK!). Blends nicely with food and is just bitter enough to give it some character. Refreshing and friendly, it should have a broad appeal to both sexes and to all those who don't need more sugar or more bitter. Yum.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The beer is a brilliant golden color and has a foamy head about 1 finger thick and lots of carbonation. Has what I feel is a typical aroma for European beers. It is biscuity but has a little pit of spice to the aroma. The beer follows the nose pretty well, I get those biscuit like malts, slightly sweet followed by a freshness of hops to balance it out. There is a skunky aftertaste in my mouth though. The beer has good carbonation and is crisp.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

About what I expected, a bland euro macro pilsner. Look is a little dirty with strange cloudiness. Smell is herbal and macro adjunct. Taste is much better, with herbs, grass, grains, sweet malt and booze. Feel could use some rounding out and isn't as crisp as one would hope. So many better pilseners out there

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Photo of puboflyons
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 500 ml. green bottle with a production code of 5225703A00:30. Sampled on December 15, 2016.

It pours golden yellow with a tremendous, lasting white foamy head. Bubbly carbonation.

The aroma has all those Euro-Pilsener esters I like including toasted bread, biscuit, sweet malts, and grassy hops. Just a tad skunky in the green bottle.

Light to medium body and smooth.

The skunkiness is not in the flavor but the toast, sough dough, sweet notes, and grassy hops are. It finishes clean and crisp. I think it was pretty likable and I would have it again.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
2.19/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Taste: Dry, this time might have got a little light struck in bottle, saline bitter funky. Gold and clear in color with a
soapy head with a medium body.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hearty yellow pour for style, 1/2" white head. Aroma had those zesty noble hop feels, I'm down. Almost hoped for some skunk in this one.

Taste didn't pop as much as hoped for, but its a pilsner, its mild, it does its thing. Highly carbonated, light pilsner malt, I mean, this is better than average for style. Average bitterness and noble/Saaz hop impact.

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Photo of chinchill
3.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

330 ml green bottle with a cryptic production stamp. Served in a lager glass.

A: Clear amber with a moderate size head that fades to a durable white top coat.

Smell: Euro hops dominate; faint bready malts

Taste: Better than the aroma suggests with more malt, especially up front. Mild+ bitterness.

M: Medium but softer (natural?) carbonation than usual for style (in bottles).

Overall: a decent Czech style pilsner.

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Photo of Squire
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden promise of goodness.

Standard Euro Pilsner that falls slightly below the first flight. Light gold color, pleasant hops accenting the malt core, good texture and drinkability. Goes down easy and matches well with food.

Decent enough and worth seeking out to carry along on a pheasant hunting trip.

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Photo of tigg924
2.94/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours clear, gold in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is grain, grass, honey, and faint hops with lingering sweetness. Average to slightly below average Czech pilsener. Not a bad beer but, I have others that I prefer much more in the style.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains and some light malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with cereal grains, and crisp.

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Photo of DevWand
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Overall a nice pils, not anything spectacular as far as flavor (but I guess that just adds to it's drinkability); because I know I could knock back a solid 12 pack (on a hot summer day, that is). Definitely stays true to the pilsner style...light, crisp, and clean.

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Photo of stevoj
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Although the nose is initially cereal grains, the taste is all pilsner. Lightly hopped, rich golden color with soft, creamy head. Medium weight mouthfeel and some lingering malt/hops on the palate. Easy to drink and highly enjoyable.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: It pours brilliant gold with a 2” persistent white foam cap that produces light lace. S: Has a spicy, earthy nose with light grains, medium hop aromas, medium low malt T: Medium low malt with a light sweetness with traces of apple. Spicy, medium low hop flavor, crisp medium to medium high hop bitterness. F: Medium light body, medium carbonation. O: A decent drinkable beer. No traces of skunk but the level of apple was a bit odd.

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Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Cary, NC. This beer is a clear golden color with a large white head. The aroma is full of malt and hops, very inviting. The flavor has a sweet malt flavor with some hop bite. A very good Czech Pilsener.

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